The Nissan Juke Is Turned Into Another SUV with an Unusual Engine

The Nissan Juke SUV was such a successful model that it would be foolish to use its developments only once. The company decided to improve the successful formula.

Compact SUVs are gradually replacing hatchbacks and low-cost sedans from the market. At the time, the Nissan Juke had an innovative, unusual design and a new approach to personal transport. Now this topic has been continued.

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The Nissan Kicks SUV appeared as an alternative to the Nissan Juke in some markets. The worldwide model is built on the same V platform. The Indian variant is based on the Renault Duster, so it is technically a different car. At the same time, the worldwide Nissan Kicks has received an interesting update.

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First of all, the car’s design has changed. The model features an enlarged fake radiator grille, a new front bumper with large air intakes and narrowed LED headlights. You should also pay attention to such small things as glossy black decor and a new set of wheel rims.

Thanks to the Nissan Leaf and the upcoming Nissan Armada SUV with promising characteristics, the Japanese company has long been known as a manufacturer of electric vehicles. However, hybrid Nissans remained on the sidelines, although such cars exist and do great.

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The 2021 Nissan Kicks has received a powertrain called ‘e-power’. The main feature of this hybrid system is that the front wheels are driven by an electric motor installed in place of the gearbox. The petrol engine works as a generator and is not connected to the wheels in any way.

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An AWD drivetrain is not provided, although the company offers some models with an additional electric motor on the rear axle in Japan. The Kicks’ three-cylinder petrol engine produces 79 hp and 103 Nm, the electric motor — 129 hp and 260 Nm.

The SUV is equipped with a 1.57-kWh battery. It can be assumed that the hybrid Kicks cannot drive only on electricity, although the transmission has a driving mode called ‘EV’.

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The updated interior features an 8-inch infotainment system screen and some redesigned switch elements. The combined analog-digital dashboard is now comes with standard equipment. The list of options includes omnidirectional cameras, adaptive cruise control, and driver-assistance systems like Emergency Brake Assist and Blind Spot Assist.

At the moment, the specifications are announced only for Thailand, where the new product will be released first. The standard variant will cost about $28,000 there. The top-end modification is priced at almost $33,000.

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